Maidstone lies at the very heart of Kent, the Garden of England, and has some of the most attractive natural surroundings of any English town. Romantic villages, hop gardens and orchards are sprinkled liberally across this part of Kent and the scenic walking trails are amongst the most enjoyable in the country. From a local Kent hotel base such as the Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club or Hadlow Manor Hotel you can explore the historic and natural delights of Maidstone and its environs at your leisure.
This part of Kent is home to, amongst other treasures, Leeds Castle with its glittering lake and romantic towers. No fewer than six queens of England have been here at one time or another, including Catherine of Aragon. The parkland surrounding Leeds Castle covers 500 acres and is home to a traditional maze, working falconry and a fun adventure playground which the kids will love.
The Archbishop's Palace in the town of Maidstone itself dates from the 14th Century and is one of Kent's real hidden gems. The Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages is based here, where visitors can view a fine and indeed unique collection of sedan chairs, exotic sleights and horse-drawn vehicles of all kinds. After such excitements you might feel like taking a scenic cruise along the nearby River Medway, which will take you past the Maidstone Millennium River Park to the historic homes, tractors and oast houses of the Kent Life heritage centre. Why not try staying overnight at a local hotel, guesthouse or B&B to enjoy the experience to the full, without having to rush back home?
Maidstone may seem an unusual location for an ancient Egyptian mummy to be on public display, but that just one of the interesting things you can see at the town's Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery. The museum is also home to collections of fine oil paintings and objects from the Edo period of Japanese history, so there's plenty of interesting stuff on show in Maidstone for all the family.